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Barre Fit Basics

By animas | In Blog | on July 13, 2015
Dancer stretching on bar

Dancer stretching on bar

Barre fitness classes utilize the principles of ballet barre work to provide participants with an engaging and effective workout. This unique activity can benefit individuals of all ages and fitness levels, emphasizing strength, flexibility, and mental focus. Whether you have enjoyed ballet for years or have never stepped up to the barre before, barre fit classes can offer you an amazing workout with numerous physical benefits.

Class Structure

Barre fit classes integrate ballet barre work into a full-body, low-impact workout. Working at the barre improves spine and body alignment; barre work also develops the muscles of the core, lower body, and upper body by taking participants through a range of static poses and slow movements. Participants enjoy a greater range of motion and flexibility over time, as well as improved muscle strength and definition. Barre fit classes often incorporate popular music and other forms of fitness as well, such as free weights, mat work, Pilates, or yoga, to complement exercises done at the barre.

Class Necessities

When attending barre fit classes in Tucson, wear comfortable clothing appropriate for a physical workout. Fitted clothing is best, as this allows you to move freely through each position, while also providing your instructor with the visual information she needs to make any necessary changes to your posture for greater effectiveness and safety. Most barre workouts are done in socks, rather than shoes, so you should wear comfortable, breathable socks to your class. It’s also a good idea to bring water and a small towel to keep hydrated and wipe your hands and the barre to keep them dry and comfortable throughout the workout.
Are you ready to focus on the fundamentals of barre for flexibility, endurance, and improved fitness? You can reach the Animas Center by calling (520) 989-0766 to sign up for any of our dance classes in Tucson, including ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance; we also invite you to check us out online for additional articles on health and fitness.

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